Accreditation of initial teacher education programs
The accreditation of initial teacher education (ITE) programs is directly linked to teacher registration as the Teacher Registration Act 2012 requires registered teachers to have a teaching qualification from an accredited ITE program or one that the Board recognises as equivalent.
The accreditation process involves an assessment against the Western Australian Standards for the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programmes (WA Accreditation Standards). These standards are based on nationally agreed accreditation standards, and were revised in 2016.
Applications from ITE providers for program accreditation or reaccreditation are assessed by a panel of education experts appointed by the Board. Approved programs are accredited for up to five years and recognised by other Australian state and territory teacher education regulatory bodies.
During 2017–18, the Board received accreditation applications for four ITE programs. As at 30 June 2018, the assessment of these programs was ongoing. The Board also considered proposals from providers of ITE programs to demonstrate the new requirements of the revised WA Accreditation Standards.
The following table shows the total number of accredited ITE programs in WA. During 2017–18, 22 programs expired and reaccreditation was not sought.
Table 7: WA accredited initial teacher education programs at 30 June, 2016–17 to 2017–18